Bookshops and libraries are becoming more, local author and Indie,
friendly. Visiting W. H. Smith in Rugby last week, I spotted a well laid-out
shelf labelled, Local Authors. The last time I was in the shop it wasn’t there,
so, exited by this, I made an appointment to see the Manageress the following
day. I took in two copies of each of my novels with me and after reading the
book-blurb on the back covers, she took all of them there and then. The Dudley sisters
are in several small bookshops, but to see them on the shelves of a High Street store like, W.H. Smith, was an ambition realised.
Feeling confident, I called into my local library where I had left a copy
of each of my novels some time ago. The manageress said she would love them in
the main library, the mobile library too, and was 99.9% sure head office would
agree. I borrow books from my local library, because I want to add to the
libraries borrowing numbers. Too many libraries in the Midlands, and I'm sure in the rest of the country, are being closed down through lack of funding.
My novels are printed on demand (POD), which even at author price cost as
much as some of the books on sale at W. H. Smith. So, to be competitive, I lose money on them – and I shall donate to the library. But I gain, because my novels
will be read by readers who either don’t have access to Amazon, or prefer to
browse before they buy, or borrow, a book. To me that is a win win
A lovely surprise
Checking the Junk Folder, which for some reason since I downloaded 10 a week ago half my emails end up in it, I found an email with an attachment from an author friend. Junk mail, indeed! Anyway, I immediately moved the email to the In Box and opened the attachment. To my delight and surprise there was a photograph of my three novels, sitting next to hers, in W.H. Smith, Rugby. Foxden Acres, Applause, and China Blue, are also in my cousin's shop, Oh Lovely, on Church Street, Lutterworth.
Books by Indie authors going into shops on the High Street is a small step in scheme of things, but it's a giant leap for the Independently published.
I am excited to share that the third novel in the Dudley Sisters Saga, China Blue, was published on Amazon – Kindle and Paperback – this month. I say saga because the original ‘quartet’ of novels has become, five.
Claire Dudley's secret wartime love.
CHINA BLUE is the third book in The Dudley Sisters Saga.
beginning of World War II Claire Dudley joins the WAAF. She excels in
languages and is recruited by the Special Operations Executive to work in
SOE rules Claire falls in love. The affair has to be kept secret.
Even after her lover falls into the hands of the Gestapo, Claire cannot tell
anyone they are more than comrades.
war reaches its climax, Claire fears she will never again see the man she loves.
Foxden Acres (2013), Bess Dudley’s story, is set on the land and is about strength and loyalty. Applause (2014) is Margot Dudley’s, story and is about her climb to fame in the theatres and clubs of London’s West End. China Blue (2015) is about Claire Dudley’s secret work and love while working undercover with the Special Operations Executive and the French Resistance in German occupied France. Book 4 will be Ena’s story. It is called, The 9:45 To Bletchley, and is set in and around Bletchley Park. Book five, The Foxden Hotel, which is already keeping me awake at night, will take place ten years after Foxden Acres and brings Bess’s sisters and many of the characters from the four books together. At the opening of the hotel, a fascist group gatecrash. One of the sisters recognises one of the men from London during the war. The group are thrown out of the hotel and chased off the property with disastrous consequences.
Pauline Barclay at chillwithabook.blogspot.com as generous as always in promoting books for authors and readers. Thank you Pauline. "Yes, very excited that in 5 days time, May 9, China Blue will be on Kindle. A couple of weeks afterwards - around May 20, it will be in paperback. Exciting times.
Above: The book cover for paperback, by Cathy at Avalon Graphics